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Thursday, March 3
Noon – 6:00 p.m.


The Colonial Lounge, The Cloister

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.


The Beach Club

6:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Arthur Brooks

6:45 – 8:00 p.m.


8:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Starlight Chat
The Cloister
A Conversation with Michael Froman, US Trade Representative
Paul Gigot interviews the US Trade Representative Michael Froman on
Interviewer: Paul Gigot
the current climate of international trade and relevant policy.
A Conversation with Peggy Noonan
Interviewer: Ramesh Ponnuru

9:00 – 11:15 p.m.

Debating the Debate
Karlyn Bowman
Rich Lowry
Norm Ornstein
Bill Kristol (moderator)

Ramesh Ponnuru of AEI and Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal
will discuss: the current state and future of the conservative movement;
and what priorities matter most to working-class American households.
Join us to watch the Fox News debate.

Friday, March 4
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Early Bird Breakfasts
The Cloister
Assassination, Imprisonment, or Exile: The Challenge of Striking Back at Putin’s Empire
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Interviewer: Leon Aron
Money in Politics: Is it the Root of Our Problems and Can it be Fixed?
John Bolton
Lawrence Lessig
Karlyn Bowman (moderator)

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
Millennials: How Much Do
Karlyn Bowman
Corrie Hunt
Ben Sasse
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Campbell Brown (moderator)

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They Matter and What Do They Want?
The millennial generation is distinctive in many ways. This large and
important demographic group will have an enormous impact on
economic and social policy as it ages. What do we know about their
attitudes? How do they feel about government and business? Are they
optimistic about their futures and about America?

The Refugee Crisis and the
David Miliband
Eckart von Klaeden
Todd Young
Hisham Melhem (moderator)

Human Cost of the Middle East Conflagration
Over the last five years, the Middle East that existed for most of the
postwar era disappeared. Borders are gone, leaders are gone, terrorists hold substantial territories, and proxy armies roam the region. More
than 10 million refugees have spilled out of conflict zones from Libya
to Syria to Iraq, and substantial numbers have flooded Europe. What
exactly led to this crisis? Is there any end in sight? Is this really
America’s problem?

The State of Work: Jobs, Wages, and Mobility
The rate at which Americans participate in the workforce is at its lowest
Kevin Brady
level since the 1970s. And the workforce participation rate for AmerJohn Delaney
icans of prime working age is also at a decades low. Wage growth
Doug Ducey
has been flat for years. Many are concerned about economic mobility
Charles Murray
and the prospects for low-income Americans to rise. What is the current
Paul Ryan
state of work? What can be done to improve the labor market and to
Tim Scott
better the fortunes of American workers and their families?
Michael Strain
Fred Upton
Robert Doar (moderator)

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

The Cloister
The Politics of Well-Being in an Age of Victimology with Martin Seligman
(This session is a graduate style seminar and requires advance reading. Participants must sign up in
order to receive reading materials.)
Social science, medicine, and government try to identify and undo what is wrong, rather than build what
is right. The best you can do by correcting only what is wrong is to get to zero. Positive Psychology, in
contrast, builds positive experience, positive character, and positive institutions. Measuring and increasing well-being, not just undoing ill-being, will become a focus of American politics. Martin Seligman,
director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead this seminar
exploring the concept of Positive Psychology as it applies to policymaking in the US.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

General Session
The Challenge Abroad and
Turki AlFaisal
Hernando de Soto
Thomas Farley
Deb Fischer
Michael Froman
Lindsey Graham
Glenn Hubbard
Sajid Javid
Fred Kagan
Derek Scissors
Radek Sikorski
Danielle Pletka (moderator)

The Cloister Ballroom
Implications for the United States
The clouds of financial crisis are again gathering, and geostrategic risks
have proliferated, threatening both peace and prosperity. The threat of
terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the adventurism of Russia and China,
the instability of Syria and the Middle East, the financial instability of
governments, and the greatest European refugee crisis in a generation all
threaten to undermine world order. What are the potential consequences
of these threats? How seriously should we take predictions about conflict
and attacks? Could those threats affect financial markets and the global
economy? How should policymakers weigh the relative risks, and what
measures can they take to ensure global stability?

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.


Black Banks Terrace, The Cloister

1:15 – 2:00 p.m

Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Capitalism and Consciousness: How Free Enterprise Best Serves Happiness, Dignity,
and Human Potential
AEI’s Arthur Brooks will interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama on a
Interviewer: Arthur Brooks
variety of topics ranging from the morality of democratic capitalism, the
necessity of religious pluralism in building free and open societies, and
his recommendations for building a happy and fulfilling life.
Afternoon Activities

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Movie: Free Enterprise on Film: Making a Movie That Persuades and Entertains*
Arthur Brooks
Film is one of the best ways to change public opinion, yet it has almost
John Papola
never been deployed to defend the free enterprise system. How can
free enterprise advocates share their values in compelling and artistic
ways? AEI is grappling with these questions as we produce our first-ever
feature-length film. In this conversation, Arthur Brooks and filmmaker
John Papola will describe the motivations behind their new project,
discuss the filmmaking process that will span 18 months and three
continents, and share preliminary clips from the documentary.
*Congressional participation is not expected at this session.

As of March 7, 2016


3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

War Game: Terror in the Homeland: Wargaming the Next Attack on the United States
Dan Blumenthal
On the evening of November 13, 2015, terrorists conducted a series
Michael Downing
of coordinated attacks in Paris, killing 130. On December 2, 2015, a
Michael Hayden
terrorist couple attacked in San Bernardino, California, killing 14. The
Fred Kagan
first attack was claimed by, and the second inspired by, ISIS. In this simKirsten Madison
ulation, it is December of 2016, and a new president has been elected.
Matt Mayer
Terror strikes an American city. Suicide bombers attack multiple sites, and
Mike Mazza
ISIS not only takes credit for the high-casualty bombings, but also adds
Hisham Melhem
that it has used weapons of mass destruction—chemical, biological, or
Kevin O’Prey
nuclear—against the city. Unconfirmed hijacking threats are circulating,
Gary Schmitt
with 5,000 domestic flights currently in air. As panic ripples across the
Marc Thiessen
United States, city, state, local, and federal authorities must act. But what
will they do? Can they work together? How will the president react?
In a departure from previous AEI World Forum war games, we will have
experienced former officials guide our game tables and then join in an
after-action discussion with participants.

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.


Black Banks Terrace, The Cloister

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Conversation
The Cloister
A Conversation with Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House
Interviewer: Hugh Hewitt
Hugh Hewitt of the Salem Radio Network will engage Speaker Paul D.
Ryan in conversation about: the Speaker’s policy priorities for the next
sessions of Congress; his approach to building consensus amongst a
diverse center-right coalition of lawmakers; and his experiences
searching for common ground with a President of the other party.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Starlight Chat
The Cloister
A Conversation with Lindsey Graham and Scott Walker
Marc Thiessen (moderator)
Senator Lindsey Graham and Governor Scott Walker will discuss the
current legislative climate at the State and Federal level.
Isn’t it Romantic? A Short Guide to All That’s Wrong in the World
Jonah Goldberg

Saturday, March 5
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Early Bird Breakfasts
The Cloister
A Conversation with Tim Cook
AEI’s Arthur Brooks will interview Apple’s Tim Cook on subjects includInterviewer: Arthur Brooks
ing: his take on the current policy climate and the state of technology
regulation; Apple’s approach to international commerce; and future
prospects for multinational trade pacts and their impact on American
Four Myths About the Future of War with General H. R. McMaster
Interviewer: Fred Kagan

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
The Cloister
2016: Countdown to November
In eight months, America will elect a new president. What are these
Michael Barone
expert election analysts watching most closely at this point in the
Rich Lowry
campaign? What do the early primaries and caucuses tell us about the
Norm Ornstein
GOP nominee? Will Republicans hold the Senate? How many seats
Ramesh Ponnuru
can Democrats pick up in the House? Will the GOP continue to make
Kristen Soltis Anderson
gains in state legislative contests? What do we know about the voters’
Karlyn Bowman (moderator)
mood, and how much of a factor will it be at the ballot box? What
keeps these strategists up at night?

As of March 7, 2016


Income Inequality: How to
Diane Black
Ed Conard
Angus Deaton
Jason Furman
Glenn Hubbard
Mike Lee
Michael Strain
James Pethokoukis (moderator)

Think about It, and What Can Be Done?
There is evidence that income inequality is shrinking across the globe, as
the free enterprise system is increasingly adopted by developing nations
and the global poor are lifted out of poverty. At the same time, income
inequality has been increasing in the United States and other developed
nations, to the concern of many. How should we think about income
inequality? How much inequality is too much? And what should be done
about it?

Is China Headed for a Crisis?
Consensus is growing that China’s bustling economy is slipping into
Dan Blumenthal
stagnation. Foreign reserves are flooding out of the country, a clear sign
Cory Gardner
that the nation’s (and the Party’s) elites are voting with their pocketbooks.
Yasheng Huang
Then there are murmurs about Xi Jinping himself—complaints that he is
Minxin Pei
isolated, surrounded by only cronies, and in a bubble. Xi’s anticorruption
Larry Summers
campaign and accompanying purges have chilled an already frigid
Nick Eberstadt (moderator)
decision-making process, and reports indicate a growing paralysis within
the Chinese leadership and the Chinese Communist Party. What are
the economic and political implications of these problems? Is China in
for a hard landing, a soft landing, or a simple transition? And how will
the world go from managing China’s rapid rise to managing Chinese
The Next President’s Economic Agenda
Our panel of expert economists and policymakers will discuss the
Brian Deese
economic policy plans of the leading presidential candidates. Which
Thomas Fanning
are the most important of the candidates’ plans? What are the similarScott Gottlieb
ities and differences across the candidates? Which plans—and which
Kevin McCarthy
candidates—will take the country in the direction it needs to go?
Rob Portman
Gene Sperling
Stan Veuger
Paul Gigot (moderator)
8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

The Political Economy of Progressive Policy with Larry Lindsey
(This session is a graduate style seminar and requires advance reading. Participants must sign up in
order to receive reading materials.)
The public is angry . . . and with good reason. Activist government has failed to achieve many of its
promises and in the process has run up large debts and an inflated money stock. Larry Lindsey, a former
Harvard economics professor, Fed governor, and assistant to three presidents, will discuss the rationale for
government intervention, trace its expansion, and explore the evidence of government’s effects on our lives.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

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General Session
Hope for America’s Future
John Bolton
John Cornyn
Martin Feldstein
Jason Furman
Phil Gramm
Larry Lindsey
Matt Mayer
Mike Milken
Tom Price
Larry Summers
Kevin Hassett (moderator)

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and the Risks That Cloud the Horizon
The recovery from the Great Recession has been weak. Wage growth has
been flat. By some measures, household income has been stagnant. The
presidential primary contests reveal a wide breadth of policy disagreement. Skilled immigrants are in short supply, but anti-immigration measures
have proved politically popular on the right and left. The Federal Reserve’s
popularity is at an all-time low in both parties, making sweeping monetary
policy legislation a greater possibility than it has been in recent decades.
Plummeting oil prices have increased the demand for oil, even while
climate activists appeal for action to reduce carbon emissions. New cyber
threats appear every day. The risk of a terrorist attack at home is very
real. The reality is that the United States remains the world’s most potent
economic and military force. Our problems are manageable. But we need
to respond to the challenges we face at home and anticipate and mitigate
threats with real plans. Can policy reforms accelerate the tepid recovery
and improve the lives of American citizens?



12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

The Beach Club
A Conversation with Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt of Google will discuss hot topics including: his take on the
Interviewer: Campbell Brown
current policy climate and the state of technology regulation; Google’s
approach to international commerce and doing business in closed
societies; and whether any tension exists between individual liberty and
collective security as viewed through the prism of online communications and personal privacy.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
The Cloister
Have Central Banks Gone Too Far?
The US central bank has taken extraordinary actions over the past
Jeb Hensarling
decade, including a massive program of purchasing long-term assets
Glenn Hubbard
and keeping the short-term interest rate near zero for years. Other central
Larry Lindsey
banks have followed the Fed’s lead. Will the Fed be able to “unwind”
Paul Ryan
its asset purchases without creating significant problems? Have low rates
Larry Summers
fueled asset bubbles that will haunt the American economy in the coming
Kevin Warsh
years? What is the legacy of the Fed’s extraordinary measures? Were
Mark Zandi
they the least-bad option given the depth and severity of the Great RecesPaul Gigot (moderator)
sion? Or will we come to view the Fed’s actions as a serious mistake?
How to Fight and Win the War Against Islamist Extremism
It has been said again and again: the United States has no strategy
Turki AlFaisal
to win against ISIS, to win in Syria, or to combat the resurgence of al
Tom Cotton
Qaeda. Is the secret simply subcontracting to the Shiites? Allowing Iran
Lindsey Graham
to keep the peace in the Middle East? Or Russia? Or should we restore
H. R. McMaster
the Assads of the region to power? Is another major war needed or in
Hisham Melhem
the offing?
Fred Kagan (moderator)
Reinventing Education: Radical Ideas for a New Century
Charles Baker
Campbell Brown
Cathy McMorris Rogers
Charles Murray
Gerard Robinson
Tim Scott
Rick Hess (moderator)

In the great debates about education policy, many Americans have
been left out. In the next year, AEI will begin an exploration of education
programs that have received scant attention in recent years and deserve
more. We will explore policy approaches to vocational education,
apprenticeships, and prison reentry programs. We will provide fresh
thinking on gifted and talented programs and on programs that serve
students with special needs. A great nation should view all its citizens as
assets. This panel is designed to help start the discussion.

The Collapse of Europe? Russia, Greece, and Brexit
Europe is facing challenges unprecedented in the post–Cold War era.
Sajid Javid
Millions of refugees are crowding its shores; economies from Greece
Vladimir Kara-Murza
to Italy and beyond are suffering under crippling debt and negative
Tim Montgomerie
growth; Russia still occupies Crimea, is threatening Ukraine and other
David Perdue
neighbors, and is funding extremists of left and right across old and
Radek Sikorski
new Europe; and Britain will vote this year in a referendum choosing
Gary Schmitt (moderator)
whether to exit the European Union. Can Europe weather these challenges, or is its postwar union finished? Will Putin succeed in dominating
vital European capitals via proxies?
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Remarks
The Cloister
A Conversation with Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
Senator Mitch McConnell will be interviewed by the Salem Radio
Interviewer: Hugh Hewitt
Network’s Hugh Hewitt on topics ranging from the Senator’s policy
priorities for the current and next sessions of Congress; his approach to
building consensus amongst a diverse center-right coalition of lawmakers; and his experiences searching for common ground with a President
of the other party.

As of March 7, 2016


6:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Black Banks Terrace, The Cloister

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Dinner Conversation
Can We Bring America Back Together Again?
Arthur Brooks

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


9:00 –10:00 p.m.

Starlight Chat

The Cloister

A Conversation with Elon Musk
Introduction: Kevin McCarthy
In conversation AEI’s Marc Thiessen, the businessman Elon Musk will
Interviewer: Marc Thiessen
discuss topics ranging from: the future of innovation and meaningful work
in a twenty-first century economy; the policies that best promote economic
dynamism; and future prospects for multinational trade pacts and their
impact on American prosperity.

Sunday, March 6
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


The Cloister

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Bird Breakfasts
The Cloister
A Conversation with Ben Sasse and Cory Gardner
Bill Kristol (moderator)
Senators Ben Sasse and Cory Gardner will discuss topics including: Their
views on the current state of politics cooperation and partisan rancor in
Washington; their proposals for healing the partisan divide given their
unique experiences; and their predictions and priorities in the upcoming
months of Congress’s work.
The Triumph of William McKinley
Karl Rove

10:00 a.m.

As of March 7, 2016